Lately, some men have been changing things about themselves just to impress and win over women. Although some men may have been doing that, most men were doing it for other men. While people notice that women care about their appearances, it mostly goes unnoticed that the majority of men care just as much as women, if not more. Most people don’t notice it because it is more acceptable in society to want to make yourself look better, no matter who you’re doing it for. In a passage taken from Michael Kimmel’s article “Manhood in America” he addresses these issues head on.
Who better knows the way to ignite a young man’s soul to action than a man many years his senior? The older gentlemen in this play use the younger males as pawns. To be mindful this is not all the time, but it is frequent. For example, Polonius sends Reynaldo to collect information about his son and to spread rumors that he likes to have a bit of fun. We don’t exactly know from the text if Reynaldo is a young man per say but one can infer that he is because few young men would talk about the habits of a peer with a man who could easily be his father.
He was a man who thought he was better than any other man in the world as he even said it to Nick, ‘"Now, don't think my opinion on these matters is final," he seemed to say, "just because I'm stronger and more of a man than you are"’ (Fitzgerald). Because Nick reserved his judgments, he tried to understand other people’s situations rather than holding them up to his own standards. On the other hand, he sometimes did not know how to respond to other people’s situations such as Tom’s affair with Myrtle. He wanted to flee from the scene since he did not want to be a part of it, ‘"Hold on," I said, "I have to leave you here"’ (Fitzgerald). ... ... middle of paper ... ...o be a part of the corrupted crowd that Tom and Daisy were in.
For example the book in chapter 8 offers a con by talking about lack of relationships, and if guys are in relationships, they put in little effort. Guyland implies guys have as much sex as possible and watching porn reassures masculinity. I believe that’s not totally true, everyone is different and has unique way of approaching relationships. “Timid guys sometimes have a tendency to give older; more so called “popular” guys the power to define themselves, thus making their role in society greater” says Austin (pseudonym). Positively, Michael Kimmel offers a view into the minds of America 's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and works toward redefining what it means to be a man today and tomorrow.
Act five scene two is set at the wedding feast of Bianca and Lucentio, where the three married men place a bet on the obedience of their wives. The Widow and Bianca are called first, and both having learned from Katherine, refuse their husbands. Having witnessed Katherine’s previous rebelliousness and non-submissive behaviors gave the two well learned elizabethan women the strength not only to refuse their husbands, but to make their husbands come to them. When Lucentio sends Biondello to fetch his wife, she tells Biondello that “she is busy and she cannot come.” (5.2.84) In the past she would have dropped everything to race to his side as a good wife would have. However, learning from Kate, she refuses him.
The result, however, has left the American male uncertain of his own role in not only the dating arena, but the business, marriage, and society in general. All the things that once made a man desirable now make him the enemy of the advancement of women. The result has been a reactionary “Male” movement. Though not as prominent in the media or politics the feminine counterpart, it has garnered a rather loyal following through the 1980's and 1990's. It focuses not on men's rights, but functions more as a male bonding experience that educates and enlightens men about their new roles.
In fact, one of the reasons that he in unhappy is due to his insecurity about being popular and well-liked in New England. He also instills these values into his sons. He tells Biff, "The man who makes an appearance in the business world...is the man who gets ahead." (Act I) This idea keeps Biff from studying, so he focuses on things that will make him popular, such as football and good looks. However, when he arrives in the business world he realizes that these traits are much less valuable than expected.
This is similar to the way American men were feeling about masculinity after World War II. Even though the male malaise was not present, many men were not content with the popularized breadwinner masculinity, according to Elizabeth Fraterrigo in her book Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America. In the time where Playboy was first starting off the most accepted masculinity was the breadwinner, which has now been looked down upon by media. The unhappiness men had at the time towards that one accepted masculinity was mended by Hugh Hefner’s creation of the Playboy lifestyle. Fueled by the male malaise and negativity from the media, masculinity will have to change in the near future even if it means creating a new kind like Playboy did.
He decides to leave and scream and show everybody he is upset he did not get what he wanted. His mother tells Walter, “Son, do you know your wife is expecting another baby?” to settle him down and also so he can talk to Ruth civil. His mother bought a house and is going to be able to fit the upcoming family member in their home without having to struggle how they are going to live their lifestyle for the rest of their life. Walter however, is still thinking about his liquor store when he should have the same mentality as his mother. A new home, means new beginnings for them but he does not see it that way.
Benevolent sexism is displayed by this elder man because he is saying that women are too fragile or pretty to open doors, which may appear as a compliment at first but is actually diminishing women’s abilities. This elder man has been taught by society that males are more physically capable of opening doors, even though I am younger and possibly even stronger than